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Smurf sized geeky person with a penchant for IT, gaming, music and books. Half of industrial duo 'the craze jones'. Loves data, learning new things, teaching new things and being enthusiastic.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


A few people have asked for them, so as requested I've set up some links to download/view my presentations - they're just over there and down a bit on the right hand side of the blog.

I'll add some of my whitepapers as well in due course.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Imagine Cup 2009

Call for Industry Mentors for Imagine Cup 2009

The Imagine Cup 2009 NZ competition is calling for industry mentors to participate. They need industry mentors from the IT community in all major NZ centres to help guide student teams in the software design competition. If your team suceeds and wins the NZ regional finals, you will accompany them to the World Wide Finals in Cairo, Egypt in July 2009.

To register your interest to participate, and for more information, please email Or you can check out the official website - - for more information on the role of an industry mentor.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Making Presentations Available

Last night was the first Auckland SQL User Group and it went really well. We've had lots of really useful feedback and I for one am looking forward to the next meeting, hopefully everyone else is as well.

One thing that came out of the meeting is making presentations available. I've got a few presentations and white papers that I can upload and I'll sort this out later tonight, starting with the presentation about MS SQL Server 2008 certifications.

Last night's presentation will also be available on the site.

We're thinking that January will be a good idea for the next meeting and we're looking for a group of presenters to pick their favourite datatype and drill down into it for 10-15 mins. For example, 15 minutes of "everything you ever wanted to know about datetime2 but were too afraid to ask..."

If you're keen to take part in this group presentation, please get in touch -

The links I provided last night are:

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Learning Portal:

Microsoft E-Learning Portal:

Darryl Burling’s Blog:

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Do you know any geeks in Auckland who you can email to get some viral marketing going? I'd love for this last Auckland Girl Geek Dinner event of the year to be a really good one, so the more people we get at the event the better. Also, if you or anyone you know has a prize or some sponsorship money you can spare for this event, please get in touch with me. :-)
Girl Geek Dinners present:

"The Right Tool For The Job"
"How To Infuriate Architects And Please Project Sponsors"

When: Thursday 27th November @ 6pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, Victoria Park, Auckland
Cost: $30 - includes dinner and drinks and great company
Tickets: Buy online at

Thea Myers of Optimal Usability presents The Right Tool For The Job. Building usability into every project, whether you have a huge budget and all the time in the World, or a few days and a shoestring. This talk will include some good advice, practical tools, and links to more information you can follow up on your own.

Carolyn Sanders will follow up this talk and expand from usability into the whole concept of quality with her talk "How to infuriate Architects and please Project Sponsors".

Guys Are Welcome
With an event name like Girl Geek Dinners it looks like we're targeting females only, but we don't wish to exclude anyone on the grounds of their gender. Guys, you're more than welcome but we request that come as the guest of an attending female.

More information and tickets at

As usual we will have a few goodies to give away as well but always welcome more, so if you or anyone you know has something we can pass on as a prize or giveaway, please get in touch.

Monday, 3 November 2008

SQL PASS Conference

If you have an interest in SQL then get yourself along to Wellington on the 6/7th December. G'wan, you know you wanna!